principally

[ prin-suh-puh-lee, -sip-lee ]
/ ˈprɪn sə pə li, -sɪp li /

adverb

chiefly; mainly.

Nearby words

  1. principal quantum number,
  2. principal rafter,
  3. principal value,
  4. principalities,
  5. principality,
  6. principate,
  7. principe,
  8. principia,
  9. principium,
  10. principle

Origin of principally

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at principal, -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for principally

principally

/ (ˈprɪnsɪpə) /

adverb

mainly or most importantly
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Word Origin and History for principally

principally

adv.

mid-14c., "mostly, mainly; most importantly," from principal (adj.) + -ly (2). Late 14c. as "first of all." Meaning "for the most part" attested by 1832.

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